On Saturday the 30th of September, both Auckland North and West response teams (NZ-RT 5/3) came together to celebrate their years work, and award volunteers with their hard work and dedication.
A total of 82 years or service awards were handed out among both NZ-RT 5 and 3.
Bryan Craig: 29 Year Service Award Iain Palmer: 25 Year Service Award Graeme Tilsley: 19 Yesr Service Award Stephen Wilson: 9 Year Service Award
Ambassador Award: Shane Ta'ala Awarded to a single member of either NZ-RT 5 or 3 who promoted the teams the most for the teams (as voted by their peers)
All day everyday award: Bryan Craig and Graeme Tilsley Awarded to the member(s) who had the highest training hours recorded for the year
Consider it done: Kane Turner Awarded to a member of the team who if tasked would have that task done without question (as voted by their peers)
Rockstar Rookie: Dan Richards Awarded to the rookie of the year (as voted by their peers)
March has seen the team attend a chainsaw safety course as well as a USAR awareness course.
Kawakawa Bay operation - March 2017
A team of three were tasked assist a small community in Kawakawa Bay who were without power due to recent severe weather events. The team had the support of the Harbourmaster crew that took them, by boat to Kawakawa Bay, with the generators to assist three homes. On top of providing power to these homes they also assisted a member to leave the area for medical reasons.
Team Training - March 2017
12/03/17 -Sunday lunchtime the team was activated to assist with the flooding in West Auckland. We arrived on scene to find utter devastation caused by the Tasman Tempest weather event. The team was tasked to various address in low lying areas to carry out damage and needs assessments for those homes affected by flooding that needed emergency accommodation. We also assisted fire and police with the evacuation of shops and traffic cordons around the worst affected areas in New Lynn. The team finally returned home at 11pm that night. The evening of Tuesday 14 March the team were activated again to assist Civil Defence with welfare checks on homes that had been in the flood zone. The team has done a mammoth effort over the last week with 4 callouts in 6 days.
Tasman Tempest - Flood Call out - March 2017
08/03/17 - Both Auckland response teams were activated to assist fire service with the evacuation of 180 people from a school camp in Hunua. Overnight the area had suffered significant flooding and road damage. The teams deployed to Hunua School, which had been setup as the command centre. Our tasking was to transport the people from the camp up the road to the washout, where they were unloaded and escorted across the mud and water and onto waiting buses which would take them back to Hunua school where a welfare centre had been setup by New Zealand Red Cross.
Other tasks included traffic control around the command area and site inspections at the Hunua Falls.
Sar Callout - Jan 2017
The team were activated to assist NZ Police with a search and rescue operation for a missing person. The team worked for 6 days doing rotating shifts between 07:00 – 21:00 each day. Tasks included bush searching, property searching and door knocking.
Clarkes Beach Flood Callout - 2016
The team were activated in the early hours of Sunday morning to assist the local fire brigade with sand bagging and protection of property from the incoming king tide.
Flood response training - 2016
Members of the team attended a flood response course They learnt how to self-rescue and rescue each other if we find ourselves caught in flood waters The practical part of the course was at Wero Water Park in Manukau, where team members found themselves navigating a grade 3 river